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Amir Khan denied visa to visit USA for fight

Khan was hoping to watch Floyd Mayweather's fight in Las Vegas. Credit: PA

Amir Khan's plans to travel to America this weekend have been halted after his visa application was declined.

The 27-year-old was due to fly to Las Vegas to attend Floyd Mayweather's fight with Marcos Maidana on Saturday, and had used his Twitter account to advertise promotional duties he would be carrying out while there.

His bid to do so was thwarted, though, with the welterweight saying his visa application had been declined.

It was reported that Khan had asked Prime Minister David Cameron for assistance.

Khan has had difficulties travelling to America before. In 2010 he had to train in Canada after visa delays, while in 2011 he claimed he was held in Los Angeles customs for over two hours because he is a Muslim.

The Bolton fighter is eager to be present at Mayweather's rematch with Maidana, as he attempts to persuade the world's number-one pound-for-pounder boxer to give him a 2015 fight.

Khan eyes Mayweather fight after winning Vegas bout

British boxer Amir Khan beat his American opponent Luis Collazo on points in Las Vegas and has now set his sights on a future bout with the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather.

Amir Khan celebrates his victory against Luis Collazo in Las Vegas. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The judges scored the fight 117-106, 119-104 and 119-104 in the Bolton boxer's favour leaving open the possibility of a future fight with Mayweather - who also won last night at the MGM Grand.

Khan, who is unlikely to fight the unbeaten boxer in September because it is close to the Muslim fasting period of Ramadan, said after his fight: "I really believe I have the style to trouble Floyd Mayweather."

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Government: 'No apology' for banning rapist Tyson

The government was defiant today after it emerged former boxing champion Mike Tyson was banned from entering the UK under new immigration rules.

Mike Tyson, former boxing champion and convicted rapist. Credit: Press Association

Immigration Minister Mark Harper said the fact that the former heavyweight champion had been refused entry was "welcome" and proof that the Home Office was getting to grips with immigration. He said:

"The rules don't change just because the offender is famous.

"People have to obey the law, this Government makes no apology for toughening up the rules in 2012, and they will apply to people evenly, whether they are famous or not."

Tyson: UK immigration law change 'disheartening'

Mike Tyson has said changes to UK immigration law banning him from entering the country are "disheartening".

The former boxer is barred from the UK due to a six-year sentence for rape that he received in 1992.

I was greatly disappointed when I learned of United Kingdom's immigration law changes that went into effect December 2012.

I have been coming to the UK consistently in the past decade so this change is disheartening since it affects my current entry standing.

I apologise to my fans that were inconvenienced, however, please know I am currently working diligently with the proper authorities to regain access next year for my UK tour...

I have a great deal of respect for the laws of the United Kingdom and will continue taking the proper steps for re-entry.

– Mike Tyson

Tyson ban 'mandatory' under new UK immigration laws

Mike Tyson was sentenced in 1992 to six years in prison as well as a following four years on probation. Credit: PA

The ban on former boxer Mike Tyson from entering the UK is "mandatory" because of the length of his jail sentence for rape.

Under tougher immigration rules introduced in December 2012, there is "a mandatory refusal where a person has been convicted of an offence and sentenced to at least four years' imprisonment, at any point in the past."

Although Tyson only served three years in prison for the crime, he was sentenced to six years.

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